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Abolition’s Legal Failures with Giuliana Perrone

Giuliana Perrone, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara, discusses her book, Nothing More than Freedom: The Failure of Abolition in American Law. Professor Perrone explains how emancipation and abolition stalled and were ultimately defeated in the Courts. After the Civil War, State courts became the location that set the terms of racial identity, civil rights, and national belonging. These decisions posed a purposeful resistance to the post-War reimagining of the American South by denying the legality of secession, the power of the Federal Government, and rejection of racial social equality.

Giuliana Perrone is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara